Central Bank of Iran (CBI) Governor Abdolnaser Hemmati said the United States keeps hampering Iran’s efforts to access vaccines needed to tackle the coronavirus pandemic in the country, and Washington is dishonest in its claims that banks would not face punishments if they process payments related to humanitarian trade with Iran.
China’s Ambassador to the United Nations in Vienna Wang Qun accused Washington of exacerbating humanitarian crises in countries such as Iran and Venezuela with new “long-arm extra-territorial sanctions,” which were also distorting global oil supply and further destabilizing West Asia.
The humanitarian banking channel set up by the US administration to get medicine and other supplies into Iran has not in fact processed any potentially life-saving transactions, the Swiss government confirmed to The Daily Beast.
South Korea is pushing for resumption of humanitarian trade transactions with Iran amid the coronavirus outbreak, with the shipments likely to begin next month, a South Korean Foreign Ministry Official said on Friday.
Iranian Health Ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said that the effectiveness of the Swiss humanitarian channel cannot be judged while the US sanctions against the Islamic Republic continue to threaten Iranians’ lives.
A humanitarian channel to bring food and medicine to Iran has started trial operations, the Swiss government said on Thursday, helping supply Swiss goods to the struggling population without tripping over US sanctions.
Syrian authorities have opened three humanitarian corridors for civilians from areas controlled by foreign-sponsored militants in the northwestern provinces of Aleppo and Idlib to leave and move to government-controlled parts of the country.
A Swiss channel for the export of food, medicine, and other humanitarian goods to Iran is to open “within months”, officials have told Reuters, amid Europe’s failure to launch its long-awaited Iran channel known as INSTEX.
Syrian government forces have opened a humanitarian corridor in the northwestern province of Idlib and the neighboring province of Hama for the safe exit of civilians fleeing violence by foreign-backed militants.
Chef de Cabinet to United Nations Secretary General conveyed sympathy and solidarity of the UN chief António Guterres over recent floods in Iran, stressing that humanitarian aids should be excluded from sanctions.